Yeah as most of you know my next destination after Korea was going back to my home town of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. I maybe the only guy to have a holiday there, ever.
My plan was to surprise everyone with my return, only a handful of my friends new. After some confusion about airport pick-ups which left me stranded in Heathrow, I made my way to Notts where I stayed at Earl Aexander Johnson's. From here I made my way via Tram and Train back to Sutton, as I was walking to my Sister's my Mum and Dad passed me in the Pigeon Bus, luckily they didn't spot their son walking down the road. As I got to my sisters though I realised she wasn't in. I had no battery on my phone so I set up camp on her drive and finished off reading 50 Shades of Grey. There was still no sign of her so went to the post office across the road to get a bite to eat, still no sign of her so I ventured around the back garden where to my delight I found some plug sockets meaning I could play Football Manager until her return. Once she returned I waited for her to enter the house and then gave her the shock of her life by appearing on the doorstep. She was baffled, and probably the only time in my life where I have known my Sister to be speechless. My Sisters theories were that I had gone home to escape the law, for a girl or I was in some sort of trouble, but these were all false and my reason to trek home half way around the world, was for a little girl who could not even talk yet and will never ever remember this visit of mine. It was of course to meet my new niece Evie. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with Friends and Family and especially my nephew Jacob. My Brother in law also equally surprised as he returned a short time after. They asked me what I had missed most and I said Sunday Dinner's so they kindly made plans to take me out for a carvery that night which I thoroughly enjoyed. The surprises rolled through thick and fast phoning my Mum and Dad to tell them the news, surprising my mates at football and Radder at the pub. Out of them all I think my Sisters reaction, Radder who kept saying what are you doing here? And My mum thinking we were having her on and I was on Skype were the best reactions. When I first got home I a bit of a foreigner and like it wasn't home, but one I settled after a few days that feeling soon went away. Nothing much had changed back home, the only thing that springs to mind apart from the addition to the family was they changed The Ashfields into The Fountain Bridge and spruced up the place.
My visit home then consisted of catching up with friends at various pubs, I also managed a trip to Stoke to visit Jack and the Monkey Forest, going to Royal Ascot was another highlight, as was going to the dogs and of course I went to possibly the best curry house in the world - The Huthwaite Tandoori. I won't fill you in the details of every occasion as I got a bit of stick for my blogs being too long when I was home. But all in all it was awesome to be back and catch up with friends and family.
But the just less than four week stay soon ended and it was time to say an emotional goodbye again. This time to head to Dubai where I would meet up with my old Uni mate Paul Kelly.
So until then Stay Safe and Take Care